Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery has existed since ancient times, and your reasons for choosing to have nose surgery may vary from improving your breathing ability, to improving your appearance. Although there are many reasons to consider rhinoplasty, your particular reasons may be unique to your own concerns about your appearance, the function of your nose, or other factors. Some reasons for seeking nose surgery are fairly obvious, while other reasons may not have occurred to you. Whatever your reason for seeking rhinoplasty, spend time researching the procedure and take time to thoroughly understand your motivations for undergoing nose surgery.
Improving the appearance of your nose
Perhaps the best known reason for undergoing rhinoplasty is to improve the external appearance of the nose. You may simply have a slight bump, or perhaps your nose is wider than you would like. Maybe the tip of your nose isn’t quite shaped in the best way. In most cases, aesthetic problems with the nose may have bothered a patient for many years, often since childhood or the teenage years.
Improving breathing and functionality
While aesthetic reasons are among the most popular reasons to seek out rhinoplasty, some patients have significant functional issues. Many patients have difficulty breathing easily through the nose, either through one nostril or both, and may have lived their entire lives with such problems. They may have been born with a deformity within the nose, or developed a problem as they grew up. A very common issue is a deviated septum, a condition in which the septum, or bone and cartilage that separate the nostrils, sits off to one side of the middle. Patients with a deviated septum have a nasal passage that is narrower than the other, which can interfere with even air flow when breathing. Other reasons for functional rhinoplasty may include treating polyps within nasal cavities, improving airflow to reduce or reverse sleep apnea symptoms, or having surgery to correct the collapse of nasal structures.
Improving snoring and sleep apnea symptoms
A lesser known reason for undergoing rhinoplasty may be to address sleep-related problems. Although there are several factors that can contribute to sleep apnea, one is inadequate flow of air when sleeping, and brief periods during sleep when breathing ceases completely. Even those who don’t have sleep apnea may suffer from snoring as result of defects within the nasal passages. Rhinoplasty can help open up the passages, allowing for better airflow and reduced snoring and sleep apnea symptoms.
You want to look balanced and real
Whether your nose is too big, too small, or simply out of proportion with the rest of your facial features, rhinoplasty can help create a more balanced appearance. Most patients are quite happy with rhinoplasty that offers improvement, not perfection. When seeking rhinoplasty to improve balance between your features, you may only wish to address the bridge of the nose, or perhaps only the tip. Or, you may find that your entire nose should be addressed. Patients who hide their features behind a curtain of long hair may find that rhinoplasty brings their features into proportion, allowing them to face the world with their hair swept back and a smile on their face. Many patients love the new appearance of their noses and find that surgery can significantly boost their self esteem.
Rhinoplasty is a personal decision, but the guidance of your plastic surgeon can help make your decision easier. To schedule a consultation, call Monarch Plastic Surgery today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing offices or (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City office.